Gluten-Free Gourmet Weekend

Gluten-Free* Gourmet Weekend

June 21 - 24, 2012

Join Good Commons and The New York City Celiac Disease Meetup Group for a worry-free decadent getaway. Whether you have dietary restrictions or are traveling with a loved one, our on-site chefs and health & wellness experts will ensure delicious meals, culinary adventures, and a chance to experience the bounty of the Green Mountain State.

Weekend includes:

  • Round-trip transportation on The Good Bus (NYC only)
  • 3 nights lodging at Good Commons
  • All meals, snacks & beverages as outlined in itinerary, prepared by on-site private chef
  • 4-course dinner with wine pairings featuring sommelier Kristen Siebecker
  • 2 gluten-free baking classes by Olivia Dupin
  • Optional yoga classes and Thai massage workshop with Elyse Sparks
  • Local excursions
  • Massage by on-site certified massage therapist Jessica Ruth Shepard (additional charge)

You must register with this link to get the early bird Meetup discount!


We encourage you to participate in as much or as little as you'd like to create your own "uncommonly good" getaway. This is your time to rest, retreat, and revitalize!

Thursday, June 21

  • 6:15pm Depart NYC on the Good bus -- includes light dinner & beverages
  • Arrival at Good Commons

Friday, June 22

  • Continental breakfast
  • Opening Circle
  • Yoga class
  • Picnic at Quechee Gorge and a leisurely afternoon to explore what you love most.Choose to take a light hike down the gorge to the river, meander through the antique shops, taste some of Vermont's artisan products, or visit the famed blown and pottery work of Simon Pearce
  • Afternoon yoga class with Elyse Sparks
  • Dinner: 4 Course Dinner with chef Matthew Wexler, featuring wine pairings from sommelier Kristen Siebecker

Saturday, June 23

Sunday, June 24

  • Continental breakfast
  • Yoga class with Elyse Sparks
  • Brunch
  • Group photo
  • Departure

*Only gluten-free products will be used throughout the weekend, but this retreat is not intended for those with severe food allergies, as Good Commons is not an exclusively gluten-free facility.

Thai Bodywork Workshop by Elyse Sparks:
In this workshop you will learn Thai bodywork techniques to stretch your entire body and detoxify  your abdominal organs.  Thai bodywork combines stretching, reflexology, energy line work, yoga poses, and massage.  Chronic digestive disorders and negative emotions can cause stagnation in the function of the internal organs.  This restricted energy forms knots, tangles, and tightness in the abdomen and can create many problems including pain the back, tight chest and neck muscles, restriction of breath, and poor digestion.

Itinerary subject to change

Good Commons was originally built in the 1840's and operated as a general store. It has been lovingly renovated ans restored and now features six bedrooms and a sleeping loft, six bathrooms, two living rooms, and a multi-purpose studio. The property features all of the modern amenities of one's own home, while still creating a warm and inviting environment that honors the historical traditions that have characterized the house for more than 160 years.

TRAVEL INFORMATION: The Good Bus leaves promptly at 6:15pm on Thursday, June 21 from 45th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues in Manhattan. Drop-off will be at the same location on Sunday, June 24th, approximately 5:30pm depending upon traffic.

Providing your own transportation? Inquire about our discount. Please contact: [masked]


Bedroom prices per person, based on double occupancy

  • $700  Deluxe Shared Bedroom, includes steam shower
  • $675  Standard Shared Bedroom
  • $575  Farmhouse Style Loft -- charming shared sleeping quarters

Gratuity not included.

To register, please click here for your initial $225 deposit/per person to hold your spot! Must register with this link.

All deposits are non-refundable. Deposits are transferable to another retreat or vacation rental pending availability if cancellation is received by May 31, 2012. Absolutely no refund, deposit or payment transfers will be made if cancellation is received after the above cancellation deadline of May 31, 2012. Balance must be paid in full by June 14, 2012.



Founded as a joint project of local Innsbruck doctor Dr. A. Schar and Bozen-based entrepreneur Untertfrifaller in 1922, the company began to focus on the production of gluten-free foods in 1981 under the leadership of Ulrich Ladurner.  This specialization laid the groundwork for becoming Europe's market leader in gluten-free.  Today, Dr. Schar is on its way to become the leading food specialist for special dietary and nutritional needs in Europe and North America.

RP's Pasta Company is an artisan food manufacturer to its core, strictly adhering to small batch production runs.  In keeping with this artisan mission, RP's founder Peter Robertson worked tirelessly to develop RP's unique gluten-free pasta recipe, which utilizes brown rice flour as a primary ingredient.  RP's fresh gluten-free pasta has the same taste and al'dente texture as traditional fresh pasta, and was recently featured in Oprah Magazine's "O" List.  RP's fresh gluten-free pasta is certified gluten-free by GFCO.

What you'll find in every bag of El's gluten-free snacks is a big taste.  Taste you'll crave, whether you care about gluten or not.  And if you do care, El's samples and tests every production run to make sure that gluten levels don't exceed 5 PPM. El's Medleys have no preservatives or fake colors, no nasty trans-fats or hydrogenated oils, but they do have good whole grains and Omega-3s, along with that great flavor and a satisfying crunch that is baked into each batch.


Tesha Buss is the owner/creator of Good Commons and a partner in The Good Retreat Company. Raised on a dairy farm and doing back flips by the age of three, Tesha reached her childhood dream of becoming a Broadway performer, only to discover that a new dream--a retreat center to rest and revitalize--would soon reveal itself. She welcomes the revolving door of health and wellness professionals, artists and vacationers. She is a member of the Okemo Valley and Killington Chamber of Commerce as well as Rotary International.

Erin Smith (Co-Host) was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1981 and "grew up on a gluten-free diet in a gluten-filled world." As an adult, she has become extremely involved with the Celiac community, both online and in person. Erin started the blog Gluten-Free Fun in 2007 as a way to show the world that being gluten-free should not stop you from living your life. In 2011 she launched the blog Gluten-Free Globetrotter to encourage others on a gluten-free diet to travel the world. In addition to her blogs, Erin oversees the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group. This is a social group where members can get together to enjoy gluten-free meals, share food recommendations and recipes as well as learn from one another. Through her blogs, leadership of the Meetup group, and community advocacy, Erin encourages others to not allow their lives to be limited by Celiac Disease but to thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Matthew Wexler (Chef) is a regular in the Good Commons kitchen, as well as a freelance food, travel and lifestyle writer. He is proud to share the bounty of the Northeast with all those who visit Good Commons through fresh, vibrant and accessible cuisine. His culinary training includes years at his mother's side, along with coursework at the French Culinary Institute. Matthew has written about everything from barbecue to bed and breakfasts for Hemispheres, Go Magazine, Passport, ATOUT France and Out There, as well as online for EDGE Media Network, The Daily Meal, offManhattan, Endless Simmer and his own blog, He is currently writing and recipe-testing the Good Commons food memoir, Uncommonly Good.

Kristen Siebecker (Sommelier) has been a great fan of viticulture and vinification since her first illicit sip of Boone's Farm wine beverage many years ago. More recently, she became a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, completed the Advanced Certification program from the WSET with distinction and is certified in Advanced Blind Tasting by the American Sommelier Association. You'll find Kristen at the NYC East Side Best Cellars wine shop, advising customers and assisting in the store's Sommelier for an Evening program. Diagnosed with Celiac Disease since 2007, Kristen is a co-organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group and has hosted numerous wine tastings. She is also a beverage consultant for Good Commons. Follow Kristen's wine adventures at

Jessica Ruth Shepard (Massage Therapist/Facilitator) received her professional training as a Holistic health Counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, where she studied and became an expert in over one hundred dietary theories and practical lifestyle-coaching methods. Prior to her study in holistic health counseling, Jessica participated in a concentrative bodywork program at Antioch College, managed a yoga and Pilates studio in Denver, Colorado, wile simultaneously running her own successful massage practice, and worked with hundreds of athletes on numerous cycling tours, in addition to privately. Jessica has studied several alternative healing methods, including: The Rosen Method, Polarity Therapy, and stress reduction techniques.

Olivia Dupin (Gluten-Free Baking for the Home Cook) is a private chef, recipe developer, and consultant and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.  She specializes in delicious, gluten-free food.  Since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2009, she has committed herself to creating great recipes that allow those with dietary restrictions to make simple substitutions and still enjoy the foods they love.  She has worked as a private chef for professional athletes and celebrity personalities alike.  Her efforts as a recipe developer includes work on the New York Times best-selling cookbook of healthy family recipes, low-calorie meals for Energy Kitchen Restaurants, and most recently on her very own book, a gluten-free reference guide and cookbook, to be released this fall.  Olivia also maintains a blog dedicated to gluten-free recipes at

Elyse Sparkes has been igniting health in individuals through Sparkes Wellness since 2005.  She has orked with a broad range of clients to meet their unique health goals.  She has helped people lose weight, gain muscle, rehabilitate from injury increase flexibility, decrease stress, and find overeall wellness in their lives.  Elyse is a certified personal trainer, accredited by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).  She has studied Thai yoga massage under Ananda Apfelbaum and is certified through the Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork Center in NYC.  She recently went to Thailand to study with master teacher Pichest Bonthume. In Chiange Mai, she also studied Osteo Thai with David Lutt, and Chi Nei Tsang (Abdonminal Chi Massage).  Elyse is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher (RYT) certified by Cyndi Lee's Om Yoga Center in NYC.  She is particularly inspired to teach yoga to cancer survivors and studied with Tari Prinster in OM Yoga's Women Cancer Survivor Teacher Training.

You must register with this link to get the early bird Meetup discount!

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  • elyse

    I had so much fun last weekend!! Delicious food, amazing people, beautiful Vermont... WONDERFUL event!

    June 28, 2012

  • Kristen

    Beautiful setting, great gf food prepared by the chefs and super camaraderie for the weekend. So nice to not have to think about what we were eating and just enjoy.

    June 25, 2012

  • Alison

    Great people, great place, amazing food, overall fantastic event!

    June 25, 2012

  • Erin

    This was an amazing experience. The chefs at Good Commons fed us so well all weekend. It was so nice to not have to worry about the food put in front of us. The location was really beautiful and everyone who attended was so friendly. I would definitely go back!

    June 24, 2012

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